Joanne Black

World Art Games 2017

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I have the exciting opportunity and great privilege to represent New Zealand at the World Art Games in Croatia, and I need your help to get there!

The World Art Games (WAG) seeks to connect artists of all artistic disciplines, and provides an opportunity for professional development and greater recognition. The next WAG is being held in Croatia in August 2017, and as WAG children's arts coordinator for the North Island, I will be involved in creating and synchronizing cultural activities during the nine day event.

This is an incredible opportunity to display my own art, and to showcase and exhibit the art of New Zealand children as part of an international children's exhibition. I will be representing my indigenous Maori culture, and engaging with other cultures and art forms. I will be able to affirm my Maori values through my artwork, and the artwork of the children on an international scale.

I am hopeful that participating in the WAG will enhance my profile as an emerging artist, enable me to make new connections with artists from around the world, and create a pathway to inspire others.

While this is all terribly exciting, it's also expensive! In addition to the the airfare and accomodation costs, I need to create some new work for exhibition. Your generous donations will help me to cover the cost of the $6,000 trip, and make my dream come true! 

A bit more about me…

I am a travelling art teacher at schools in the Bay of Plenty area, and I am involved in a lot of voluntary art activities for children. I exhibit regularly and I have been involved in group art exhibition shows locally, New Zealand and internationally.

I have exhibited and sold my artwork at the Carousel du Louvre in Paris, and I won the local merit award for the Molly Morpeth Canaday Arts Awards 2016. I have gained my Art Honors Diploma in art through The Learning Connection this year and I'm currently doing my Advanced Diploma in Art.

Every donation will be hugely appreciated - thanks for your help and support!



  • Just one week to go to make it happen!


    I just want to thank everybody for all your support and help so far.This does mean a lot to me!I am just so grateful.I have this amazing opportunity and the help so far has given me an exciting boost. I just have one week to make it happen.I am asking if you could please get me out there and to  like and share my page to make it happen please.                                                      World Art Games up date so far-I have signed up for all experiences as possible.One is to do live painting in the street alongside other artists as an art showdown.This will be to live Opera music and is quite common in Europe to do.I will also do a slow bike race and have never ridden a bike for years so have 7 weeks to practice!!!Funny face book video awaits.I also will be teaching children there some poi art and waiata.We will have a lot of cultural experiences.                        This week I have been busy walking the streets of Whakatane,selling my cyanotypes,raffling a peice of my work and telling people about Boosted.It has been fun and people have loved my future art adventures.                                                                                                    I also found an amazing funky dress at an opp shop to wear on the opening night.                       Please support me and tell people you know who could help me as I  have just one week to make it happen!!Once again I thank you for all the amazing help so far,it has been so exciting. Next week I am doing more door knocking to alert as many people as possible as well as sellg my cyanotypes,to do what it takes!With gratitude, Joanne  

    I will send updates of new works to take to Croatia soon